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41 US OH: PUB LTE: Amendment Pays Heed To States' RightsTue, 10 Mar 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Walsh, David S. Area:Ohio Lines:41 Added:03/10/2015

Just to be clear, I have no dog in the fight concerning gay marriage, abortion rights or the legalization of marijuana.

I have, however, read the Constitution of the United States.

Nowhere in it do I find any reference to any of these subjects. I did find that on March 4, 1789, several amendments to the Constitution were put into law. For this discussion, the one of importance is the Tenth Amendment.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

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42 US OH: Editorial: Pot Plot Gets WorseMon, 16 Feb 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:81 Added:02/16/2015

Plan to Create a Marijuana Cartel Would Overrule Local Zoning Controls

The cartel of investors seeking a constitutional monopoly to legalize and sell marijuana in Ohio really must be using too much of their own product.

Not only would the backers of the proposed November ballot issue have voters grant exclusive business rights to a limited group of 10 investors and their partners, but they seek constitutional powers to trump local zoning controls.

Zoning in even the most routine circumstance is a ready battlefield, with county commissioners and city councils holding legal hearings to protect quality of life and neighbors' investments. Traffic and noise studies are done. Land use, drainage and aesthetics are considered.

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43 US OH: LTE: Problems With Pot Go Far Beyond DollarsMon, 16 Feb 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:DeShazo, Michele Area:Ohio Lines:64 Added:02/16/2015

I respond to the Feb. 9 letter "Legal pot coming but make it fair," from Martyn Brodnik. The writer asserted that "legal marijuana is coming, whether all Ohio residents like it or not. Fortunes will be made."

The problem he identified with legalizing marijuana is the fairness of who is going to be making these fortunes. I strongly disagree with Brodnik's assessment, and find the problem to be much more devastating.

In the Feb. 7 Dispatch article "Addiction programs in budget," I read that "eight of 10 people come to Ohio prisons with a history of abusing drugs and alcohol." On that same page, I read the Dispatch article "Two men convicted of heroin trafficking."

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44 US: Pot From Colo., Wash. Seeping Into Other StatesSun, 15 Feb 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Hotakainen, Rob Area:United States Lines:62 Added:02/16/2015

WASHINGTON - When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the drug inside their borders and away from children.

It has not been easy for them to do so.

Even before Colorado opened its recreational pot shops last year, when only the sale of medical marijuana was legal, the state had a reputation as a top pot exporter.

In 2013, 40 states intercepted marijuana that came from Colorado, with Missouri ranked first in the number of cases, followed by Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas, according to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. While no final count has been released for 2014, there's been no stop in the seizures.

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45 US OH: Marijuana Ballot-issue Investors RevealedSat, 31 Jan 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:67 Added:01/31/2015

Some of the investors in a for-profit marijuana ballot issue were revealed yesterday, including basketball legend Oscar Robertson and fashion designer Nanette Lepore.

But Ohioans still aren't getting the list of all investors or being told how much individuals gave.

ResponsibleOhio, the group proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for personal recreational and medicinal use, reported raising $1.78 million and spending $1.34 million on its campaign.

Reports filed with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted cited total amounts contributed, but no individuals were listed. Instead, there are investment groups, headquartered in Cincinnati and Chicago, which each contributed from $20,000 to $150,000.

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46 US OH: Marijuana Initiative Takes Hits From GOPFri, 30 Jan 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:82 Added:01/31/2015

A ballot initiative to legalize marijuana and create a forprofit industry was ripped yesterday by some of Ohio's top elected officials, who called it "outrageous" and a "stupid idea" to create a dangerous constitutional monopoly.

"I don't know (if) I've ever seen a worse idea than this," Secretary of State Jon Husted said at a Columbus forum sponsored by the Associated Press.

Auditor Dave Yost called it "outrageous we are creating business monopolies by ballot issues. ... What's next, 12 monopolies for whorehouses in the 12 largest counties?"

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47 US OH: Editorial: 10 Seek Payoff From Pot PlanSun, 25 Jan 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:78 Added:01/26/2015

Ohioans Should Reject Proposal That Would Create Legal Drug Cartel

The latest in a string of proposals to legalize marijuana in Ohio provides another example of a secretive, self-serving group trying to disguise its motives while pushing a supposedly consumer- and taxpayer-friendly scheme on voters.

The backers of the latest plan have taken a bad idea and made it worse.

The group, laughably calling itself ResponsibleOhio, is gathering signatures for a November ballot issue that would legalize the drug for medical and recreational use - something only four states so far have done - but allow a cartel of only 10 individuals or investor groups to have exclusive rights to operate one of 10 legal marijuana businesses in the state.

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48 US OH: LTE: Illegal Drug Doesn't Deserve PublicityMon, 19 Jan 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Myatt, Rob Area:Ohio Lines:51 Added:01/20/2015

The New York Times article in the Jan. 4 Dispatch, "High-end dining takes on a new meaning with edible marijuana," has me shocked and confused.

Marijuana is an illegal substance in our state. Why would the use of an illegal substance in food be included under the label of "Trends" in a central Ohio newspaper?

The article itself was more puzzling to me, as it clearly stated that it doesn't taste good and that the resultant high cannot be controlled. Why would central Ohio readers need to be aware of a trend involving a bad-tasting, illeffecting illegal substance?

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49 US OH: Pot Backers' Plan Includes Safety TestsFri, 16 Jan 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:44 Added:01/16/2015

Backers of a prospective investment-based marijuana ballot issue said yesterday that they would set up five "testing centers" throughout Ohio to verify for consumers the chemical content of marijuana for sale for personal use.

ResponsibleOhio said the testing program would end the uncertainty about dangerous drugs purchased on the black market.

The centers tentatively would be established in Athens, Lorain, Mahoning, Scioto and Wood counties, according to a source familiar with the proposal.

"We've heard too many stories of families who have lost children, siblings and loved ones because marijuana they purchased was laced with dangerous drugs like heroin or PCP," said ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman Lydia Bolander.

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50 US: Legal Toking Still Months Away In 2 StatesThu, 06 Nov 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Sebens, Shelby Area:United States Lines:77 Added:11/07/2014

The Recreational Use of Marijuana Is Now Legal in Alaska and Oregon, but the Change Won't Take Effect Until Next Year. Pot-Legalization Groups Are Looking Ahead to California in 2016.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Voters in the blue state of Oregon and the red state of Alaska have joined the fledgling green column of the U.S. political map by choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, but supporters are not at liberty to light up or buy their cannabis just yet.

Ballot measures approved in both states on Tuesday will take months to go into effect, with pot enthusiasts in Oregon having to wait until next summer to legally indulge. Neither state is likely to make marijuana available for commercial sales before 2016.

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51 UK: Daily Pot Use By Teens Has Long-Term RisksThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Kelland, Kate Area:United Kingdom Lines:57 Added:09/14/2014

Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs.

LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs, and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said yesterday.

The scientists analyzed studies on marijuana to determine its long-term health and life effects.

"Our findings are particularly timely, given that several U.S. states and countries in Latin America have made moves to decriminalize or legalize cannabis, raising the possibility the drug might become more accessible to young people," said Richard Mattick, a professor at Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Center at the University of New South Wales, who co-led the study.

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52 US OH: PUB LTE: Physician Should Keep Focus On KidsFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Weese, Taylor Area:Ohio Lines:41 Added:08/31/2014

In response to last Friday's letter "Smoking pot has ill effects on adolescents" from Dr. Peter D. Rogers, I do not disagree that smoking marijuana is harmful to adolescents. That is a scientific fact.

What he does with this fact, however, is stretch it into an overly broad, sweeping opinion of all marijuana users.

He mentioned that children showing up to his addiction clinic who smoked marijuana were doing poorly in school, drifting from their families and were unmotivated. That is a clear example of selection bias and does nothing to prove causal effects of marijuana smoking.

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53 US OH: PUB LTE: Society Should Learn From Past ProhibitionsWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Thomas, Marvin H. Area:Ohio Lines:49 Added:08/28/2014

The Wednesday op-ed "Drug courts can help reduce recidivism" by Jack D'Aurora certainly offers a step in the right direction. However, it is only a step, not the final destination.

I think we need to put up the white flag in the war on drugs. The most practical approach would be the legalization of most, if not all, of the illicit drugs. We have spent billions of dollars and seen innumerable deaths in the attempt to eliminate the supply and dampen the demand with little, if any, success. Production sites simply shift when confronted with possible destruction and demand remains unabated.

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54 US OH: PUB LTE: County's Specialized Courts Give Offenders ASat, 23 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Vanderkarr, Scott Area:Ohio Lines:94 Added:08/25/2014

I respond to Wednesday's op-ed column by Jack D'Aurora regarding the use of drug courts to reduce Ohio's inmate population. D'Aurora pointed out many of the benefits of drug courts, but the need for specialized dockets extends beyond drug-treatment courts.

I am proud to say that Franklin County's judges have been proactive in reducing incarceration and recidivism rates through the operation of seven specialized dockets, four of which are drug courts.

In the Common Pleas Court, Judge Dana Preisse has operated the Family Drug Court in the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division since 2002 and the Treatment is Essential to Success (TIES) program has operated since 2004, with Judge Stephen McIntosh currently presiding.

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55 US OH: Columbus Police, Fire Chiefs Now Subject To Drug TestsWed, 06 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Sullivan, Lucas Area:Ohio Lines:72 Added:08/07/2014

Columbus police and fire chiefs now are subject to random drug tests, a move safety officials hope will increase accountability and trust within the divisions.

The city started the random tests for its highest-ranking officers a few months ago. It's the first time it has done so. Regular officers and firefighters have been subject to random tests for years.

Safety Director Mitchell J. Brown's office said there wasn't a particular reason for the new testing other than to hold chiefs to the same standards as their subordinates.

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56 US OH: OPED: Marijuana Is Not A Harmless DrugThu, 31 Jul 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:77 Added:08/03/2014

Marijuana has now been legalized or decriminalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia, with Maryland joining the list just last week.

Ballot measures to loosen rules on marijuana use could come to a vote this year in at least five states. Twenty-one states already allow marijuana for medical use.

What's unhealthy about this trend is that it coincides with a declining awareness of marijuana's dangers - especially among young people.

Less than 40 percent of high school seniors think marijuana use poses a great risk, down from 55 percent in 2003. Cigarettes are dangerous, more and more adolescents have come to realize, but they don't believe marijuana is. (In fact, they're both unhealthy.)

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57 Austria: More Seek Treatment As Marijuana Use RisesFri, 27 Jun 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Dahl, Fredrik Area:Austria Lines:97 Added:06/28/2014

Global cannabis use seemed to have decreased, reflecting a decline in some European countries, but a lower perceived risk has led to more use in the United States, a U.N. report says.

VIENNA - More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugs agency said yesterday, suggesting liberalization could further increase its use among the young.

In a finding that could feed into an international debate on the decriminalization of marijuana, it said more people around the world, including in North America, were seeking treatment for cannabis-related disorders.

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58 US OH: Column: Using Names In Deaths Necessary, AgonizingSun, 15 Jun 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Marrison, Benjamin J. Area:Ohio Lines:79 Added:06/20/2014

About 10 days ago, our crime reporters heard a dispatcher announce on a police scanner that two bodies had been found in an apartment on the Northwest Side. Homicide detectives were on their way.

Reports of a body being found are not uncommon, with people dying of natural causes, suicides, accidental drug overdoses and such.

But two bodies? That's unusual. Typically, in cases where two bodies are found it's a murder-suicide or a double homicide, and that's news.

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59 US OH: Proponent: Ohio Backs Medical PotFri, 13 Jun 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:77 Added:06/15/2014

Ethan Nadelmann, the chief architect of marijuana-legalization issues coast-to-coast, paused when asked if voter approval of medical marijuana in Ohio is inevitable.

"A good ballot issue will win," he said. "The broader public support is there."

But Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said a campaign won't happen here this year and probably not in 2015. The focus this year is on ballot issues in Oregon, Alaska and Florida, he said.

"Support for medical marijuana is very high here," he said during a stopover yesterday in Columbus. "But there is a very negative attitude about (recreational) marijuana. Plus, it's a very expensive state to run a campaign."

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60 US CA: Pot PollutionMon, 02 Jun 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Dearen, Jason Area:California Lines:97 Added:06/03/2014

Medical-Marijuana Farms in Northern California Accused of Damaging, Draining Waterways

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical-marijuana farms, wildlife officials say. The issue has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal pot gardens. State officials say much of the marijuana being grown in northern counties under the state's medical-pot law is not being used for legal, personal use, but for sale in California and states where pot is still illegal. downstream into the lake and our water supply," she said. An environmental scientist holds a dead juvenile coho salmon found in a drought-stricken creek.

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